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Abby Powell is a native of Northeastern Massachusetts who splits her time between commuting into Boston for work and caring for and riding her rescue Mustang x Arab mare, Maggie.

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Saturday Links from Tipperary

Photo via Phillip Dutton Eventing on Facebook.

The #LeeLeeStrong Golf Tournament at the Stone Creek Golf Club in Ocala was a wonderful success! Terry Welsch of I Love My Horse and Buck Davidson Eventing hosted the tournament which saw nine teams compete and raise $6,200 to benefit Lee Lee’s medical fund.

“Lee Lee continues to make great strides in her recovery, attending outpatient therapy three days a week at Bryn Mawr Rehab, as well as hyperbaric oxygen therapy and music therapy,” the Dutton Family reports. “Thank you to all for your continued support and love for Lee Lee!”

#USEAConvention: WebsiteOpen Meeting ScheduleCommittee Meeting ScheduleConvention ProgramLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

National Holiday: Weary Willie Day (“Weary Willie Day celebrates the art of clowning and the impact that it has had on our lives.” #TheMoreYouKnow)

Saturday Links:

Gaining Perspective at a Time of Tragedy

Horses Killed, Others Evacuated From California Wildfires

Vets Triage San Luis Rey Downs Survivors

Industry Commits to Aid Following Fire at San Luis Rey

‘I didn’t really ride him, I just hung on’: top riders on their (memorable) first ponies

A strong veterinarian-farrier relationship is just plain horse sense

Saturday Video: How’s your core strength?

Weekly OTTB Wishlist From Cosequin: Boyd’s Big Adventure in Japan

Photo via Boyd Martin on Facebook.

Boyd Martin knows a thing or two about Thoroughbreds. He does have a bit of experience after all, having ridden a few around some of the biggest venues in the world like Kentucky, WEG and the Olympics. Now, his advocacy for the breed has taken him to new horizons as he find himself this week teaching a clinic in Japan that aims to promote the retraining of racehorses for second careers.

Back in May, Boyd gave a keynote address at the newly founded International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses’ inaugural conference in Washington DC. Impressed by Boyd’s presentation, delegates from the Japan Racing Association in attendance at the conference were motivated to host him overseas for a clinic in conjunction with the National Riding Club Association of Japan and Godolphin. Thoroughbred racing is popular in Japan and recognition of the OTTB’s usefulness as a sport or leisure mount beyond the track is increasing.

Earlier this week, Boyd got a glimpse of the Japanese Thoroughbred racing scene in person at the Hanshin Racecourse and was impressed by what he saw. “There are many more longer distance races in Japan than in America, which suits a much more impressive, bigger-boned, rangier horse, that is also perfect for eventing, dressage or show jumping,” he notes in a recent blog post.

Are you looking for your own Thoroughbred athlete? Here are three stateside OTTBS waiting to start their second careers with you:

Photo via CANTER California.

Sandor the Hound (Exclusive Quality – Improvised, by Dove Hunt): 2012 16.2-hand Florida bred gelding

Calling all Game of Thrones fans — get in line! Yes, that’s his Jockey Club registered name. Fortunately, his face is much better-looking than that of his namesake and not only is he handsome, but he’s also a stakes-placed athlete. Sandor has been in training for two years straight and is still running well, but his owner doesn’t want him to get stuck running claiming racers forever and would rather that he finds a second career now. This big bay has a solid build with good legs and feet — we think he’ll really be a looker as he muscles-up!

View Sandor the Hound on CANTER California.

Photo via Friends of Ferdinand.

Hot on Ice (Hook and Ladder – Talamanca, by St. Jovite): 2011 15.3-hand New York bred mare

Generally speaking, OTTBs aren’t the most suitable mounts for kids, but this sweet mare could be the exception. Those working with her at Friends of Ferdinand report that Ice is affectionate, easy-going, and would thrive with a little girl or boy of her own to dote on her. Since getting a year of let down after her short racing career, Ice has already been restarted under saddle and reliably walks, trots, and canters on the buckle.

View Hot on Ice on Friends of Ferdinand Inc.

Photo via CANTER Maryland.

Slew is Due (Devil His Due – Bali Hai, by Slew City Slew): 2013 16.0-hand New Jersey bred mare

Poor “Slew” just really didn’t jive with lief at the track, and was very nervous as a racehorse. Fortunately for this sweet lady, her connections didn’t want to push her and want to find her a new home and career instead. After leaving the track for some rest and relaxation at a nearby farm, Slew is much happier and is ready to take on the world again!

View Slew is Due on Canter Maryland.

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: An Aqueous Awakening from Anesthesia

Have you ever had a horse who underwent general anesthesia for surgery? If so (or even if you haven’t), then you may know that anesthesia, in particular the recovery from anesthesia, can be one of the riskiest parts of the procedure — both for the equine patient and for the doctors and technicians.

Now, I’ve never gone under anesthesia myself (knock on wood) but what I hear is that it can be quite disorienting. The same is true for our equine compatriots and we’re all familiar with how they react when scared and confused; as prey animals, they run! But trying to vamoose while disoriented can quickly become dangerous as a panicked patient can wind up injuring themselves or those around them.

In this neat clip from the series Life at Vet U which aired on Animal Planet last fall, we take a peak at the University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center’s state-of-the-art recovery pool. Dr. Dean Richardson, Chief of Large Animal Surgery at PennVet, explains how the pool aids in recovery, particularly in orthopedic cases:

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Photo by Elisabeth Pundt.

You know you’re going to have your work cut out for you when your barn-mate texts you a picture of your pony with the caption, “I want to be a brown horse!” Truly, I had to put some solid time in with the metal curry comb and a hard brush before I could even think about putting a saddle on that mess. My pony sure has enjoyed her post-season vacation and, true to form, she’s not about to make it easy for me as we get back to work!

National Holiday: National Mutt Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Sporting Days Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

He Piaffes, He Jumps, He Gallops: Avatar’s Jazzman Does It All

Your Obese Horse or Pony is Costing You Money

Colleen Rutledge Eventing Seeks Working Student

Chris Bartle’s top tips to perfect your cross-country position

Emily King’s Groom Becca Nicholson Talks Ground Manners, Smarter Feeding & Sunscreen

A Window Into Your Horse’s Sole

Back to the gym: How gymnastic stretches can engage your horse’s back

Saturday Video: Why do you need a deeper distance to an oxer? Or to add a stride in a line? This neat SciFi-equse video shows you why!

https://www.facebook.com/EurosportFR/videos/1982959731955451/

Ambitious Amateur Kelly Beaver Tackles Advanced While Balancing Career

Kelly Beaver and Sempre Fino at Stable View. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Kelly Beaver is not a professional event rider. She’s an adult amateur who works anywhere from 50-70 hours a week at a job completely unrelated to the equine industry. She rides after work and on the weekends. Her husband and mom are her assistant trainers/ grooms/ videographers. She competes with just one horse, and in their Advanced debut at Stable View Oktoberfest H.T. they finished 10th out of 32 competitors in a division contested by some of the biggest names in the sport.

A lifelong rider, Kelly started out riding hunter/jumpers in Middleburg, Va., before she made the switch to eventing (“which was the best move ever,” she says) upon moving to Pennsylvania. She competed through Training level before having to sell her horse to leave for college. Two years after graduating, she purchased a new horse with the intent of eventing again and maybe even getting to Prelim.

“That horse had a lot of talent, but not a lot of heart,” Kelly recalls. They did manage to complete one Prelim event, but anything more just wasn’t in the cards so Kelly decided to search for a new equine partner.

Kelly and Hobbs. Photo courtesy of Kelly Beaver.

Kelly wanted a more experienced horse and, due to her demanding job, wanted a Thoroughbred that would be much easier to keep conditioned. In 2005 Kelly purchased Sempre Fino, a then 10-year-old Thoroughbred, through her current trainer Courtney Cooper. “Hobbs” had experience up to the CIC2* level with his former rider Charlotte Freeman. Kelly purchased Hobbs with aspirations to compete at Preliminary and hopefully a one-star, but as their partnership blossomed and Hobbs continually stepped up to the plate they’ve been contesting Intermediate, CIC2* and CCI2* events for the past few years.

It’s a huge accomplishment to ride at the upper levels, particularly for an amateur, but Kelly’s success is extra impressive after learning that she’s achieved this while working full-time at a very demanding job with an inflexible schedule.

Kelly and her husband Seth keep their horses at their own farm in Elverson, Pa. Seth had never ridden before he met Kelly, but had always been an athlete and an animal lover. Enticed by the thrill of cross country, he decided to get into eventing, too, and now competes at Training with his horse, Mr. Bojangles. Together, they comprise Beaventing.

“After we got married, it was clear that horses were still a big part of Kelly’s heart,” said Seth. “It was an easy decision to bring horses back into her life. I quickly saw the amount of time and dedication having and competing horses entailed and figured that I better start riding or we wouldn’t be spending much time together. When I started, I was hooked and never looked back.”

In addition to being a fellow competitor in the sport now, Seth is also Kelly’s super groom both at home and at events. On days where Kelly works late Seth takes care of Hobbs’ fitness work and keeps the farm running. The couple tries to get out to Courtney Cooper’s C Square Farm for jump lessons every two or three weeks, and particularly before events, or as often as possible pending Kelly’s work schedule. They are also fortunate enough to have a dressage trainer, Cindi Stephens, who lives five minutes from their house and accommodates their busy schedules and also helps to keep the horses exercised when the couple is away for work.

Kelly and Seth at Virginia in 2016. Photo courtesy of Kelly Beaver.

Like many of us, Kelly once had dreamed of riding in the Olympics. Her path took her to college instead, where she pursued an Engineering degree and played collegiate softball. Though the Olympic dream was put on hold, she still maintained her desire to compete at the upper levels.

“Sometimes I wonder, what if I hadn’t gone to college and I had gone to be a working student instead? Maybe I’d be further along in my riding, but on the other hand I wouldn’t have met my husband and we have an amazing farm which we wouldn’t have otherwise.”

Kelly’s competitive spirit is what fuels her success both in her professional life and in riding. It’s what drives her to be the best she at her job and to keep climbing the levels in eventing.

“I want to prove that just because I didn’t choose riding as my profession, doesn’t mean I can’t do it, too.”

Her success at the big season-ending FEI events, however, has been a mixed bag due to a series of unfortunate ailments that have plagued Hobbs at the most inopportune times: an abscess and boot rubs at Plantation Field 2014, a random leg infection the morning of the first jog at Fair Hill in 2016, and sore feet and a failed second jog at Virginia CCI2* that same year despite sitting in second after cross country.

“It is extremely demoralizing not to be able to finish on a number and to have to head home early, especially when you only compete with one horse,” Seth says.

After a winter of training and discussion with her trusted veterinarian Dr. Kathy Anderson of Equine Vet Care, Kelly decided to keep the now 17-year-old Hobbs focused primarily on non-FEI competition with maybe the odd CIC thrown in since Hobbs was having difficulty passing jogs due to his thin hoof walls.

“When I was younger I dreamed of the jog, but now I dread them,” Kelly laughs. “Hobbs is such a sensitive creature and he’s very quirky when something is off, but he’s very low maintenance otherwise. Kathy has been a reliable trusted resource and friend for many years. She is always there for us when we need her and she knows Hobbs so well and has helped us navigate through the ups and downs.”

Kelly landed a new job this May as the Vice President of Engineering and Operations Support at a large Pennsylvania-based utility company. It was a big step up in her career, and another component of her life that she’s worked very hard for, but it meant working even longer hours than she already did. Due to this and other reasons, her 2017 event season started late and the overall schedule was completely up in the air.

“Getting into each show was very last minute and involved Seth calling up the secretary and begging to get in. Mary Coldren was a life saver although she probably cringed when she saw ‘Beaver’ calling,” Kelly says. “We just didn’t know our schedule in advance.”

This season, they began by running at Prelim — a level both horse and rider are very comfortable at — before returning to Intermediate. They contested the CIC2* at Plantation and finished 15th, the third highest placed amateur, out of 55 starters.

In years past Kelly and Hobbs had both struggled with show jumping — Hobbs has an unorthodox jumping style and it’s not Kelly’s favorite phase, either — but it began to come together for them earlier this year with continuing work with Richard Picken and Courtney Cooper. There had been no doubt in Kelly’s mind that Hobbs could take on a blue-numbered cross country course, but their performances over the colored sticks had kept Kelly from moving up to Advanced.

“One of my insecurities as an amateur is feeling like I don’t belong. I didn’t want to embarrass myself by taking down a bunch of rails,” Kelly says.

Now that the pair was leaving the majority of the poles in their cups, Kelly looked forward to giving it a go at Advanced and Courtney recommended Stable View as a good option for the big move up. But would all the pieces fall into place?

Kelly and Hobbs at Stable View. Photo courtesy of Kelly Beaver.

Whether amateur or professional, what every eventer seeks to do over the course of all three phases is have everything come together. It’s on those weekends where everything falls into place in each phase that we know our horse and ourselves have performed to our highest potential. But, as we all know, keeping it all together during all three phases is no easy feat and when you only have one horse in the game, as is the case for many amateurs, the pressure of performing well can be compounded.

“I ride one horse because that’s all I have time to ride. If I get on course and I don’t ride something right then I don’t get another shot,” said Kelly. “So when it does go right, it makes it so much more special for me, but I don’t get a lot of mileage at each event.”

Out of all the other shows this year, Kelly considers this run at Stable View to be the one where everything came together in the best possible way. Kelly and Hobbs put together a very respectable dressage test and added only one show jumping rail to lie in 18th position going into cross country. They added 12.4 time penalties on a course where no one made the optimum time and moved up to 10th to finish up among eventing’s household names.

“Our partnership is so strong, we just know each other so well. On cross country it felt like there was nothing he couldn’t do and it was really fulfilling to get through that with him because at 17 years old I don’t know how many seasons we have left.”

Kelly’s tenacity proves that it’s possible to make it as an amateur at the upper levels, but it’s certainly not for the faint of heart or those lacking commitment. Her biggest piece of advice for fellow adult amateurs looking to be competitive is to surround yourself with a solid support team that understands your goals and limitations and truly cares about you and your horse’s well-being.

“Because it’s not my job, sometimes I wonder to myself, why do I keep doing this? Then you have those shows where everything clicks and make it worth it,” she says, “but you need those people that support you to get you through the tough times.”

“There’s no way I could do what I do without my husband and my mom. My husband is there for me at all times and has seen me at my worst, and he’s surprisingly stuck around. Trust me, it can be scary when I have a bad ride the week before a big show!”

“My mom has never stopped believing in my riding dream and never will. She is the person that makes me feel like I can never fail and she was the one that supported my habit while growing up even when she really didn’t have the resources to do so. They are my biggest supporters.”

So what’s next for Kelly and Hobbs after this banner year?

“He’ll be 18 next year, so we’ll do whatever feels right by him,” Kelly says. “We have a strong partnership, a team of people who have known him intimately for seven years and we’re on a program that’s working. The team that we’ve built around him — Courtney, Kathy and our farrier — will all make the right decision by him. He owes me nothing.”

Be sure to check out this video of Kelly and Hobbs dominating the Stable View course, and hear how emotional her mom gets at the end!

Go Beaventing!

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Find Your 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover Project

If you’ve been thinking about participating in the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover, your opportunity is coming up! Trainer applications for the 2018 edition of the event open this Friday, December 1st, and updated rules will be published that day as well. Applications will be accepted through January 15th and approved trainers will be announced on February 1st.

Eligible horses must have raced or had a published work after June 30, 2016 and not have started training in a second career before December 1, 2017. To help you out, we’ve picked out three eligible candidates for next year’s Thoroughbred Makeover to feature in this week’s OTTB Wishlist:

Talk Time (Quality Road – Deb’s Honor, by Affirmed): 2012 16.1-hand Kentucky bred gelding

Here’s a well-bred and classy horse who’ll make a lovely sport horse prospect! Talk Time’s sire, Quality Road, is known for producing offspring that are both easy to work with and workmanlike. This athletic guy had a decent record at the track, earning $84,000 in 28 starts. Talk Time is reported as sound and with no vices and was very well-mannered for photoshoot on a blustery New York day.

View Talk Time on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Global America (Globalize – Beautiful American, by Quiet American): 2012 16.1-hand California bred mare

Here’s a lovely looking filly who has a disposition to match. Global America’s connections report that she is easy-going, has an in-your-pocket personality, and isn’t at all mareish. She’s ready for her second career and could go in any direction. She trotted out very nicely and also has recent radiographs of her knees and ankles available for viewing.

View Global America on CANTER California.

Photo Shoot (Giant’s Causeway – Kreisleriana, by Seeking the Gold): 2007 16.2-hand Kentucky bred gelding

This horse appears to be aptly named! Photo Shoot is ready to bring the same competitiveness to his next career that he brought to the track. A well-traveled guy, this gelding has raced at many different tracks up and down the U.S. and Canada, earning over $200,000 in 47 races. This elegant horse will need someone with experience to bring him along, but he’s sure to be a stunner!

View Photo Shoot on Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: A Thanksgiving Day Tradition with the Myopia Hunt

Photo via Myopia Hunt on Facebook.

Since its founding in 1882, the Myopia Hunt of Hamilton, Massachusetts, has gathered on Thanksgiving Day morning to cap off the season in style. Myopia is oldest operating drag hunt in America and they work closely with private landowners and conservation organizations alike to preserve open space in the area. The club additionally hosts events open to the public throughout the year including the annual Myopia Horse show and two hunter paces each year, which are very popular — particularly with local eventers.

The tradition of the Thanksgiving Hunt has since been adopted by the general public as well. Early in the morning before dinner preparations begin, throngs of spectators donning warm winter hats and clutching their coffees congregate at Appleton Farm in Ipswich to watch the spectacle as the hunt departs. This short video by Jay Burnham captures the excitement as the hunt set out this year:

Saturday Links from Tipperary

All of us, every day. Not just after Black Friday.

I am very proud to say that I have never set foot inside a mall on Black Friday – it’s just not my cup of tea. I will readily admit to having taken advantage of online Black Friday sales, however, particularly from my favorite equestrian retailers!

While I may not be into participating in Black Friday in the flesh, I fully embrace Small Business Saturday! Today I’m planning on getting a little bit crossed off my Christmas shopping list and hitting up some of my favorite local retailers (and yes, the local tack shop is one such place). I don’t limit my small business shopping to brick and mortar locations though – Etsy is also a favorite of mine and you can find lots of equestrian good there as well; from handmade halters, to jewlery, to browbands, and more!

National Holiday: Small Business Saturday!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Pine Top Thanksgiving H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

The Horses on Standing Rock Get a Checkup

PODCAST: Meet the 2017 Young Event Horse Championship Winners

‘I just loved riding him’: talented event horse loses battle with foot condition

Winter is Coming: Are Your Horses and Farm Ready?

Leading eventer to donate all 2018 winnings to charity

Turkey Coma? Here Are Five, Trainer-Approved Ways to Get Back On Your Fitness Routine

Saturday Video:

I have no words (mostly because I don’t speak French) but I will say, SQUEE!!!

Bon ils ne sont pas encore prêt à aller en Iran mais ils bossent.

Posted by Benedicte Vieillard Opoix on Thursday, November 23, 2017

 

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Update on Puerto Rican OTTBs

Three Puerto Rican horses rest at a layover stop in Kentucky before the final leg of their journey to The Exceller Fund’s farm. Photo via Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare Inc. on Facebook.

Though there’s already been been much heartbreak and there’s still a long road of recovery ahead, we’re starting to see some happy endings come from the hurricane-stricken thoroughbred racing scene in Puerto Rico.

Racing resumed at the Camarero Racetrack at the end of October in a limited capacity as upwards of 500 people came out to watch the three races. There was no betting open to the public nor were there purses for the winners; the primary goal of the exhibition was to prepare horses competing in the upcoming Clasico Internacional del Caribe at Gulfstream Park in December.

While some horses have departed the island to settle in at Gulfstream prior to running in the Clasico, others retired from racing are now leaving the island for new homes. Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare (CTA) has been working hard to care for and arrange transport for horses headed to the mainland seeking second careers or retirement. Many of the thoroughbreds that have raced in Puerto Rico were bred in the contiguous United States and several breeding farms have stepped in to welcome their progeny home for a happy retirement.

You can follow along with CTA as they continue to their efforts and donate if you can. For now, here are our three OTTB picks this week:

Photo via CANTER Pennsylvania.

Rhinestone Cowgirl (Cowboy Cal – Dance Number, by Afleet): 2014 16.2-hand Pennsylvania bred mare

Just because her name is Cowgirl, doesn’t mean she can’t be an eventer. This long-legged filly has only been out of race training for a couple weeks, but was still a lady when the CANTER volunteers met her. Her nice sound movement makes her a promising sport prospect. She was also very sweet to her caretakers and seems like she’d love to have her own person!

View Rhinestone Cowgirl on CANTER PA.

Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Mickey McFly (Badge – Flora Mac Flimsey, by Big Mukora): 2010 16.2-hand New York bred gelding

Mickey has the building blocks of a lovely event horse and apparently a family history too – two sibling’s of his have already transitioned into second careers as eventers. As a homebred, Mickey’s owner/trainer is very fond of him and is retiring him sound since he just isn’t as competitive at the track anymore. There’s no chrome to be seen on this gelding anywhere, but he’ll catch your eye anyway with his lovely way of going.

View Mickey McFly on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Gran the Man (Grand Slam – Silvereniecharm, by Silver Charm): 2011 16.1-hand New York bred gelding

Gorgeous grey alert! Not only is this gelding stunning to look at, but he’s been a great athlete on the track as well earning over $150,000 in 31 starts. Gran has been a favorite of exercise riders because of his good work ethic, but lately he hasn’t had the same competitive spark to race as he had in the past. He is sound with no vices and ready to take on a new job!

View Gran the Man on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds. (Psst – and according to Facebook, his price has been reduced!)

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Two Down Under Eventing Edits

I’ve grown to become somewhat fond of these so-called “edits” — at least I think that’s what the kids are calling them these days. While it’s perhaps more educational to watch one run the whole way through, the faced-paced nature of cross country sure does lend itself nicely to being spliced and put to music.

Thanks to YouTube users Luna Eq and Genevieve Autumnleaf, we have these exciting glimpses of the action from the Australian International 3 Day Event. Enjoy!

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

Photo by Alison Green for Shannon Brinkman Photo, shared via Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event on Facebook.

Smartphones have oodles of megapixels and “nice” cameras are no longer found only in the hands of professionals. ‘Anyone can be a photographer these days’ is a lament that I’ve heard more than once from professionals and hardcore hobbyists alike. It’s easy to point, shoot, and get a decent snap when you have a user-friendly dSLR in your hand. Despite the pure quantity of pictures floating around, I hope that quality is still appreciated.

Shannon Brinkman, who was the official event photographer at the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event this weekend, and her second shooters all produce incredible quality photos. Their eye for framing and composition makes sports photography look like portraiture; I am constantly in awe of their talent and could spend hours admiring their art. You can check out more of their photos shared on the Ocala Jockey Club Facebook page.

National Holiday: National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

Major Events This Weekend:

Mitsubishi Motors Australian International Three-Day Event [Website] [Results]

Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day International Event [Website] [Results]

U.S. Weekend Action:

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News & Notes:

We continue to remember Australian eventing trailblazer Gillian Rolton, who passed away on Saturday after battling cancer. Gillian was the director of the Australian International Three-Day Event, which took place this weekend, and the video tribute to her was presented at the event. [Gillian Rolton honoured at Australian International Three Day Event after death from cancer]

Anne Kursinski is a popular clinician in the jumper world, but the techniques she preaches can apply across disciplines. In a recent clinic in Frenchtown, New Jersey she emphasized the important of rider position, effectiveness, and correct flatwork. [Anne Kursinski Clinic Day 1: Control Your Position To Control Your Horse][Anne Kursinski Clinic Day 2: Clear Communication Is Key]

Gym memberships are expensive, but that’s not an excuse to slack on fitness. There are already plenty of everyday objects around the barn that you can use to step up your exercise program and get strong for the saddle. [Equipment for At-Home Exercise | Be Equestrian Fit]

Saturday Video: Ain’t no party like a Stutttgart German Masters party. Spot anyone familiar in the crowd?

Party-Time beim STUTTGART GERMAN MASTERS mit DJ Thommy im Saal 1.

Party-Time im Saal 1: STUTTGART GERMAN MASTERS mit DJ & Entertainer Thommy. Mach die Nacht zum Tag! 🍾🎉

Posted by Stuttgart German Masters on Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Photo via Booli Selmayr – Fox Valley Sport Horses on Facebook.

We’re sending heaps of healing vibes and well wishes to Booli Selmayr, who has been in the ICU since Sunday with a myriad of internal injuries after a freak accident on one of her horses. It’s been a very tough year for Booli, but she continues to maintain a positive outlook as she soldiers forward in her healing. Get well soon, Booli! EN is looking forward to seeing you back on course!

National Holiday: National Adoption Day

Major Events This Weekend:

Mitsubishi Motors Australian International Three-Day Event [Website] [Entries] [Live Scores]

Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day International Event [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

New Vocations Pony Club Challenge Gives Off-The-Track Thoroughbreds And Pony Clubbers A Chance

Linstedt Clinches Wire-to-Wire Win in USEA Classic Series at Galway Downs

10 Things I Learned from Jack Le Goff’s Autobiography

New Zealand’s Clarke Johnstone says Adelaide International critical for World Champs selection

PODCAST EXCERPT: How Does Forage Keep Horses Warm?

Heartbreak as top rider Olivia Wilmot loses four-star eventer to injury

Riding in Fear? You Don’t Have to Anymore

Saturday Video:

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night are the overnight leaders in the CIC3* and thanks to EQSportsNet, you can watch their lovely test here!

Liz Halliday and Fernhill By Night

Liz Halliday-Sharp – HS Eventing and Fernhill By Night are the leaders after the CIC3* dressage at the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event! CIC3* competitors will show jump tomorrow afternoon!

Posted by EQSportsNet on Friday, November 17, 2017

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Lucky Pennies

See a penny, pick it up. All day long, you’ll have good luck!

I’d be willing to bet that most folks have heard this old adage or some variation of it. I have a very clear memory of my mom stooping down in the grocery store parking lot and retrieving a worn penny off the asphalt, then handing it to my 8-year-old self and reciting the saying. It’s always stuck with me, and to this day I still occasionally duck down to pick up a lone coin off the sidewalk. (I must admit though, the higher the denomination, the more likely I am to expend the effort to collect it — horses gotta eat, you know.)

This week, these three OTTBs with penny-colored coats caught my eye. You may very well be one lucky person if you pick one of them up!

You Tarzan (Utopia (JPN) – Overextended (FR), by Entrepreneur (GB)): 2010 16-hand New York bred gelding

You Tarzan, me a fan of this horse’s build!  He’s had a moderately successful racing career, with over $50,000 in winnings in 37 starts, but it’s time for him to move on to a second career. Someone’s needs to put that nice hind end and shoulder to use and get him in training as a sporthorse. He’s reported to be sound and with no vices. His owner is fond of his sensibility and is sad to see him retire!

View Me Tarzan on CANTER PA.

Mr. Awesome Act (Awesome of Course – Catnandu, by Lion Heart): 2013 15.2-hand Florida bred gelding

Mr. Awesome Act sadly did not make such an awesome race horse, but that doesn’t mean he can’t make a terrific event prospect for someone out there! He’s been deemed not competitive enough keep over the winter to race again next season, so his owners are retiring him sound. His connections report that he’s a true gentleman to handle and work around.

View Mr. Awesome Act on Finger Lakes Finest Inc.

Amaoldfashiondgirl (Old Fashioned – Amature Night, by Marquetry): 2011 15.1-hand Indiana bred mare

“Emma” came off the track earlier this year and has already had several months of let down before being restarted under saddle. She may be a chestnut mare, but her trainers say she’s as sweet and uncomplicated as they come. Emma is already working under saddle on the flat and over fences and even placed second in her very first show this summer!

View Amaoldfashiondgirl on Friends of Ferdinand Inc.

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: James Alliston and Happenstance, Galway Downs CCI3* XC

Last weekend, James Alliston rode Mary McKee’s Happenstance to a wire-to-wire victory in the CCI3* at Galway Downs. Thanks to Ride On Video you can watch their handy, double-clear cross country run here!

This was Eric Winter’s first time designing on U.S. soil and he did not disappoint! Riders jumped at the chance to ride a course by the same man who designed for Badminton in 2017, and for Blenheim through 2016. The Galway Downs terrain is a neat thing to behold as well — taking riders over soccer fields, winding through brush, and down the home stretch of the racetrack. Looks like fun to me!

Veterans Day Saturday Links from Tipperary

The legendary Lucinda Green. Photo by Samantha Clark.

‘Tis the season for clinicing! Full Gallop Farm in Aiken is hosting a clinic this weekend with eventing legend Lucinda Green. This weekend’s sessions are chock full (auditing is welcome though!), but a second weekend with Lucinda has just been added due to the overwhelming demand. There are still 10 spots to fill in the newly-scheduled clinic which will be held Sunday and Monday November 19th-20th. Click here for information on how to register.

Also of note – yesterday Military Boekelo added their name to the growing list of organizations encouraging the FEI to mandate the use of frangible technology on certain fences. Read their statement on Facebook here.

National Holiday: Veterans Day – to all who have served, both human and animal, we thank you!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Full Moon Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

River Glen Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Poplar Place Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Texas Rose Horse Park Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Cambalda – The King of Consistency

PODCAST: FEH Championship Winners + USEA Convention Preview

We Need To Stop Lying To Ourselves

Annoyed by rise in entry fees? Here’s what it really costs to run a horse trials

Championing the Champion: Why La Biosthetique Sam Is the “Greatest Event Horse That’s Ever Lived”

Troubleshooting Horse Arena Hazards

Saturday Video:

Equine Affaire is happening this weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts and I am totally bummed out not to be there!

2017 MA Equine Affaire

Equine Affaire is in full swing at the Eastern States Exposition! Don't miss out on all things equine this weekend. #ea17ma

Posted by Equine Affaire, Inc. (Official) on Friday, November 10, 2017

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Those Grey November Days

I’ve always considered November to be the greyest month of the year. It’s colder out, it’s darker out, it always seems to be cloudy, and the blazing yellow and orange of autumn leaves have faded — it’s just dreary. Thankfully, a visit to the barn to see my horse instantly brightens up my day without fail. (Even if it is dark out at 4:30 p.m., ugh.)

You know what does look great in grey though? (I think you can guess where I’m going with this!) This week we’ve picked out three cloudy-colored prospects who, if you bring one home, are sure to brighten up your barn even on the darkest of late-fall days.

My Italian Rule (Road Ruler – My Italian Rose, by Solar City): 2011 16.0-hand Illinois bred mare

Doesn’t every grey-lover wish for a horse who stays dark and dappled? This six-year-old girl’s color is reminiscent of an impending thundercloud and isn’t showing any signs of lightening up! She’s also a real athlete, running in 47 starts and earning almost $100,000 on the track. After four seasons of racing, she’s not as competitive as she once was so her trainer is ready to find her a second career to shine in again which shouldn’t be too difficult — her pedigree traces back to several good sport horse lines.

View My Italian Rule on Finger Lakes Finest.

Bully Song (Unbridled’s Song – Teton National, by Forestry): 2009 15.3-hand Kentucky bred gelding

Something about the look of this horse just oozes class. Maybe it’s his proud posture? His swoon-worthy dapples? Or his noble face? Whatever it is, he has also been a real winner on the track with $134,000 earned in 39 starts. Despite his success, “Bully” is ready to retire soundly from the track and start his new career. His trainer reports that he has no vices and is a favorite to handle as he’s polite and pleasant.

View Bully Song on CANTER PA.

Get Ready Freddie (More Than Ready – Tazmon, by Maria’s Mon): 2014 16.1-hand New York bred gelding

Even with a well-known trainer such as Todd Pletcher, some horses just don’t wanna run. Freddie is one of those horses, having shown no promise as a racehorse after two starts. However, this young gelding has already been restarted under saddle and despite banal performances on the track, is showing a good aptitude as a riding horse. Unfortunately he is a cribber, but if you can look past that vice you’ll find forward, level-headed, and quick-learning partner.

View Get Ready Freddie on New Vocations.

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: When Dressage Riders Jump

Cross training can be so beneficial for athletes, horses included. (That’s one reason eventing rocks, am I right?) Matt Baker, of Southhampton, England, and Katie Lawrence seem to think so, but their gridwork didn’t end quite as anticipated.

In the words of Matt Baker himself: “…Oh, wow.”

Posted by Mat Baker on Saturday, November 4, 2017

 

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Photo via Mardanza Farm on Facebook.

Ah, the rolling hills of Florida… Now that’s something you don’t hear very often, huh? As someone from the north who’s getting ready to be relegated to an indoor for the next several months, heading down to Florida would be a real treat. Those that are lucky enough to be headed south soon are also lucky to have a place such as Mardanza Farm in Marion County to work on their horse’s fitness. Mardanza Farm’s grounds manager has been hard at work this summer making the footing the best it can possibly be and the gallop lanes are now open for the season!

National Holiday: National Bison Day

Major Events This Weekend:

Galway Downs: WebsiteScheduleRide Times & ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Rocking Horse Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop Farm November H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Jane Sleeper’s UN Spreads Her Legacy

Criteria Developed for the Wilton Fair Grant

British Eventing entry fees and prize money to increase

For Para-Dressage Athlete Mary Jordan, Riding is “Spiritual Medicine”

Emily King: Three Horses That Made Me

Study: Many Riders Don’t Groom Horses Properly or Safely

Daniel Stewart’s Tip of the Month: Reframing for Resilience

Saturday Video: 

Clayton Fredericks gives us a closer look at Mardanza Farm’s footing and gallop hill.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: SoCal Breeder’s Cup Edition

The 34th annual Breeder’s Cup World Championships take place this weekend at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in California. The racing kicks off on Friday, November 3rd as over 150 horses vie for a piece of the $28 million in purse money during “the richest weekend in sports”.

From Santa Anita, to Los Alamitos, to Del Mar, Southern California is hot spot for Thoroughbred racing. If you’re headed out that way for the Breeder’s Cup festivities and also happen to be in the market for your next equine partner, there are lots of options to check out. Here are three SoCal horses waiting to start new careers:

Atila’s War (Bamaha BreezeMarwah (GB), by King’s Best): 2014 16.1-hand California bred gelding.

Clean legs, solid build, and no vices — this sparkling chestnut may not have placed in any races, but he’s ready for a second chance at a new career. His connections say he’s very mature and classy for a three-year-old and will make someone a nice sport horse prospect. Volunteers who have seen him say he’s a doll and has a very kind eye!

View Atila’s War on CANTER California.

Cali Gold (Dixie ChatterAta Dynaformer, by Dynaformer): 2015 15.3-hand California bred filly

The name says it all! This young one is a total blank slate, having never been started under saddle for race training or otherwise. She’s still young and could grow beyond her current 15.3-hand stature. According to her owners, she has an even temperament and a great brain so starting this girl up should be enjoyable.

View Cali Gold on CANTER California.

Summers Dignity (Unbridled ManAnn T, by Siberian Summer): 2010 16.1-hand California-bred mare

This mare has only just come off the track after earning almost $50,000 in 25 starts. Her owner and trainer has enjoyed riding her and says she’s “ready to take on anything.” A sound, solid girl with no vices — this almost-war horse could be your next event partner.

View Summers Dignity on CANTER California.

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Lainey Ashker’s Virginia Horse Trials CCI1* Helmet Cam

“I wouldn’t sell this horse for a million dollars,” said Lainey Ashker after stripping the saddle from Call Him Paddy, having just ridden double clear across country in the horse’s first CCI1*.

Lainey’s mom, Valerie, found “Patrick” for her as a Thoroughbred Makeover project for the 2015 competition. Since then, he’s moved up the levels with Lainey and just finished 8th in the CCI1*-B division at the Virginia Horse Trials this weekend after adding just 3 time penalties from show jumping onto their dressage score.

The little 15.3-hand gelding has scope to spare and cockiness to match his athleticism. Lainey has dubbed him her “Five-Star Hamster” given his ‘I’ve got this’ attitude and small stature. She has said previously that Patrick very much reminds her of her now-retired Advanced and CCI4* partner, Anthony Patch (better known as “Al”).

We hope to see Lainey and Patrick up at the top levels someday! In the meantime, enjoy their helmet cam from this weekend:

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

EN’s own Leslie Threlkeld was on hand to capture the autumnal scenery at VHT. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The nomination period is now open for the Eventing Riders Association of North America (ERA of NA) Year End Awards. There are four different accolades, each of which celebrates a special individual who has made contributions to the sport of eventing. New for this year is the Amateur Impact Award! You can read more about the criteria for each award and how to nominate someone here.

National Holiday: National Publicist Day

Pau Links: WebsiteResultsEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Virginia CCI, CIC & H.T. [Website] [Results]

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Results]

Holly Hill Fall H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

We’re still reeling from the loss of Lucy Boynton’s Crackerjack after a misstep on the Pau CCI4* cross county course shattered the horse’s pastern. In remembrance, his rider, Boyd Martin, shared this article from the spring, which is a look back on the horse’s journey and how his partnership with Boyd came to be. Our continued condolences go out to Crackers’ connections, for whom we are heartbroken.  [“He’s Not an Ordinary Horse”: Team Effort Brought Crackerjack to #RK3DE Presented by Land Rover]

Emily Ashburn and Ellie Brown won Charles Owen Technical Merit Awards at the Colorado Horse Trials in September. Let’s get to know these riders whose technique set them apart from the rest of the field. [Ashburn and Brown Claim Charles Owen Technical Merit Awards at Colorado]

Finou 4 is blind in one eye but that didn’t stop him from clearing 6’7″ to win the Puissance at the Washington International Horse Show with Aaron Vale in the irons. [Aaron Vale’s Mount Finou 4 Has Won the WIHS Puissance Twice—& He’s Done it With One Seeing Eye]

Monday Video: The Washington International Horse show wrapped up yesterday, so it’s time to take a look back on a week that was. How do we get a jumbotron at events? That could be fun.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

El oso de Pau

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Good morning, EN! Rise and shine and get your live stream and cup of coffee set up for one of the last major events of the year. Caution: watch out for rouge bears and icebergs on course…?

National Holiday: NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY!

Pau Links: WebsiteScheduleEntriesScoringLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Virginia CCI, CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Holly Hill Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

PODCAST: Get to Know the New USEF Eventing Performance Director + Fair Hill International CCI3* Winner

Izzy Taylor’s Winning Strategy For Developing a Young Horse’s Stamina

Pau horse trials: riders react to ‘intense’ cross-country course

The Annual Goresbridge Go For Gold Sale Highlights Potential Eventing Stars

Here’s How “Good Horses…as Simple as That” Have Made Cooley Farm the Toast of Eventing Sport

Six Steps to Keeping Aging Performance Horses Healthy

Saturday Video:

Horses have invaded downtown D.C. this week at the Washington International Horse Show. This show has it all: hunters, jumpers, puissance, costume classes, and PONIES. Race 1 of the Shetland Pony Steeplechase took place on Thursday and race 2 is later tonight!

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Friends of Ferdinand Edition

This week we’d like to introduce you to Friends of Ferdinand Inc. (FFI), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Indiana that specializes in retraining and rehoming former race horses.

The organization’s namesake is the 1986 Kentucky Derby and 1987 Breeder’s Cup winner Ferdinand who, after a lackluster career at stud met his end likely at a slaughterhouse in Japan, as reported by The Blood Horse. A champion and a gentle horse with a sweet disposition, Ferdinand didn’t deserve the fate that he came to. His story spurred the founders of FFI to help other thoroughbreds find new homes and avoid the slaughterhouse pipeline

Friends of Ferdinand’s motto is “the right home, the first time” and they have a 95% success rate in matching the right horse with the right rider initially. The horses taken in by FFI each have a veterinary exam upon arrival, have at least 30 days of retraining, are available for test rides, and have a 30 day trial period.

Here are three nice prospects currently available through Friends of Ferdinand. Is your’s the right home for one of them?

Indy Tower (Ocean IndyIrish Tempest, by Irish Tower): 2011 16.1-hand Indiana bred gelding

The FFI staff says there’s a lot to like about this big-bodied bay. After only 13 starts, he’s a blank canvas with good movement and has been accommodating of whatever he’s asked to do. Indy’s training thus far has been focused on flatwork, but the staff plans to start him over fences soon.

View Indy Tower on Friends of Ferdinand.

Upon A Prayer (SongandaprayerAudacity, by Chief’s Crown): 2007 16.3-hand Kentucky bred gelding

This leggy guy is looking for a rider with a work ethic to match his. For his short racing career of only nine starts, he actually did quite well – winning three and placing in one.  “Bill” is the type of horse that wants a job and would thrive in a steady program. He’s well-suited to event and has loved his cross country schooling sessions!

View Upon A Prayer on Friends of Ferdinand.

Step Rightly ( Spanish Steps – Hope for a Change, by Strong Hope): 2012 16.3-hand Indiana bred mare

According to the staff, this unraced lady is “easily one of the most versatile, athletic and talented horses” that has come through the Friends of Ferdinand facility in a while. “Sweet Pea” has great gaits and has been started over fences, showing lots of potential for an ambitious young rider or adult.

View Step Rightly on Friends of Ferdinand.